Jay Busbee

  • Eagles-Titans scuffle ends in NASCAR joke

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 2 hrs ago

    There was a time when comparing a football game to a NASCAR race meant you were impressed by the speed of the wide receivers or perhaps the ability of a running back to trade a little paint with defenders. No more. In these days of NASCAR-as-Ultimate-Fighting, a far different reference is at play, as we saw on Sunday in the Titans-Eagles game:

    The reference, of course, is to NASCAR's just-completed season, which saw several postrace fisticuffs, including this:

    And also this:

    The fighting's all fine and good, but we want to see an NFL player do a smoking burnout on turf after scoring a touchdown. That'd be impressive.

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  • Check this amazing Browns pregame catch

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 3 hrs ago

    ATLANTA – Prior to their game against the Atlanta Falcons, several Cleveland Browns players were loosening up with athletic feats that would have the rest of us bedridden for a week. Johnny Manziel stood in one end zone firing sidearm fastballs 20 yards downfield, and then there was this:

    Sweet mercy. That's apparently cornerback Joe Haden, who said earlier this week that he wouldn't be surprised if newly returned teammate Josh Gordon dropped 250 yards on the Falcons. That may not happen, but Gordon will have to be spectacular to top that pregame effort.

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  • Scalpers selling free Jets-Bills tickets

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 4 hrs ago

    Well, you knew this was going to happen. The NFL moved the Buffalo Bills-New York Jets game to Detroit on Monday night because of heavy snowfall in the Buffalo area, then wisely decided to give away tickets to the game for free. The gambit paid off; the tickets sold out online in a matter of hours.

    And then came the scalpers. The tickets are on sale on ebay in the range of $50-$75 per ticket, though at least one sold for $100. (Why would one person buy a hundred-dollar ticket? The mind boggles.)

    This is proof positive that the NFL could print money if it wanted to, and we'd use it to replace our own currency. Let's hope it never gets the idea.

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  • The Raiders are back! (Podcast)

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    Welcome to the latest Shutdown Corner podcast! On today's piping-hot episode, we have: • A brief appreciation of the Oakland Raiders, who finally managed to win a game • A look at the dwindling chances of the Kansas City Chiefs • The locks and upsets of the week • Which franchises have made their fans the most miserable? All this and more as part of the Shutdown Corner Podcast. Listen above and download below, and while you're listening ... Subscribe via iTunes right here. Non-iTunes subscription link here. Leave us a nice review here.

     

  • Gruden: RG3 'coddled for so long'

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

     

    It's never easy when an icon starts to tumble. It's even tougher when the icon can't seem to remember how to do what put him on top in the first place.

    Nearly two years removed from his landmark rookie season, Robert Griffin III is as lost on the field as he's probably ever been in his life. Poor decisions and poor execution have put Griffin at the center of all Redskins criticisms, and there are many indeed.

    Tasked with navigating Griffin out of this mess is first-year head coach Jay Gruden, who's taken every approach from encouragement to blistering criticism. Now, he's trying a larger view.Speaking to the NFL.com's Albert Breer, Gruden took a more philosophical approach to Griffin's problems.

    That horse most likely left the barn a long time ago. Gruden said what Griffin needs is a bit more of the never-stop-slinging of someone like Drew Brees.

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  • Jonas Gray oversleeps, sent home

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    From the penthouse to the doghouse in five days. Not even a week after scoring an amazing four touchdowns, New England Patriots running back Jonas Gray overslept, missed the start of practice, and was sent home.

    Gray blamed his oversleeping on a dead phone. He drove to Gillette Stadium but was immediately sent home.

    This was not the wisest time for him to have a misstep like this; the Patriots just signed LeGarrette Blount, who's already familiar with the Patriots system, making Gray a less-valuable commodity than he was just a few days ago.

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  • Vikings beat Colts, Cards for Ben Tate

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    Tuesday will be known as the Day of Running Back Reckoning in the NFL, a day when teams once and for all determined that running backs were as disposable as water bottles, useful only for so long.

    Cleveland cut loose Ben Tate and Pittsburgh released LeGarrette Blount on Tuesday, big-name backs that didn't deliver on their promise (andthey are by no means alone in that designation). But the churn goes on: the Patriots claimed Blount, and the Vikings picked up Ben Tate. 

    ESPN's Field Yates reports that the Vikings weren't alone in putting in a waiver claim for Tate; both the Colts and the Cardinals made a run at him as well. But the Vikings were the team with the worst record, and therefore got themselves a brand-new running back. The Colts' and Cardinals' bids for Tate are interesting given their records; clearly both are looking for more depth in the backfield as they head to the playoffs.

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  • Marshawn Lynch fined $100K for not talking to media

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 4 days ago

    For Marshawn Lynch, silence has a price, and that price is $100,000.

    Lynch was fined $50,000 for not speaking to the media after Sunday's game, which triggered a suspended $50,000 fine from last season for the same reason. Lynch has now been fined three times for failing to adhere to the NFL's media policy. Hissilence during Super Bowl weekbecame one of the largest stories prior to the Seattle Seahawks' dismantling of the Denver Broncos. (That did, however, lead to Lynch's instant-classic line: "I'm just about that action, boss.")

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    On the plus side, the fines collected from players go to help out former players in need through two different foundations. So there's that.

  • Snow could move Bills game to Monday

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 4 days ago

    Mother Nature apparently loves some snow football. More than five feet of snow has fallen on Buffalo in recent days, and the local football team has found itself in the midst of an unexpected civic crisis.

    Let's start with the stadium itself. The Bills posted this photo on Twitter Wednesday morning:

    PHOTO: The inside of Ralph Wilson stadium under a thick blanket of snow and blowing drifts. pic.twitter.com/7Hg3gFcOMI

    Here's how  Lot 6 looked during the storm:

    PLEASE BE SURE TO PARK ONLY IN MARKED SPACES.

    Anyway, the team is preparing for this weekend's home game against the New York Jets, apparently by saving the entire city of Buffalo one stranded resident at a time. Here's kicker Dan Carpenter, digging out the walks of his elderly neighbors:

    And just getting deeper! #LakeEffectSnow #StayInside #MovieDay pic.twitter.com/Dv4YjjGzc1

    Running back Fred Jackson was stuck inside with some canine friends:

  • What will Josh Gordon do in his return?

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 4 days ago

    Josh Gordon returns to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday following a 10-game suspension, but it's uncertain yet just how big of a role the All-Pro will play. Cleveland head coach Mike Pettine is preaching slow, steady progress, but Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith, who will face Gordon, isn't buying the line that Gordon will be at anything less than full strength.

    "We really won't know until the week goes on, just kind of where he is mentally, where he is physically, how ready he is, how he will be able to contribute to our offense," Pettine said of Gordon. "We're very excited to have a player of his caliber back, but we also can't get ahead of ourselves."

    “They’ve stated that they want to get him out on the field as quickly as possible,” Smith said. “He’s a game changer. He’s a guy who with the guy in his hands, he can make plays. We are anticipating we will get a full dose of him."

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